Friday, 30 September 2016

October Book Challenge


October is the month I decided to post daily…I know, I’m definitely crazy.
Knowing I’ll probably miss a day, I decided to do this October book challenge I found on Instagram by @accio_library and @thebookishcrypt.

My phone has decided to die, so I won’t be posting anything, anything, on Instagram. Trust me, I don’t know how I survived without social media. I’m lost….

I cannot wait for tomorrow to start; my favourite month is about to begin.




















Tuesday, 27 September 2016

No Posts?....

It’s not that I have been totally lazy, not 100%....maybe 60%.
I haven’t been reading that much, or at all, every time I start I want to do other things like listen to podcasts, watch Youtube or Netflix. I’m also crazy enough to start learning everything I can about the Hundred Year’s War, just because I can.

But do not despair, October is going to be filled with daily posts. I promise.



October is my favourite month; it’s the only time I can get away with decorating my house with skeletons, witches and cobwebs.
We don’t really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, for one, it’s not Autumn and Samhain here is celebrated on April 30, not October 31.
(If you don’t know what that is, look it up. You also shouldn’t be celebrating Halloween if you don’t know what that is….).

As a Wiccan and living in the southern hemisphere, I do follow the dates according to where I live. So even though technically I’ll be celebrating Beltane on October 31, I’ll still be decorating my house and doing blog posts on everything spooky.


So until Saturday….




















Friday, 23 September 2016

TV Series Review ~ Versailles S1-E7+E8









George Blagden as Louis XIV
Alexander Vlahos as Philippe I, Duke of Orleans
Elisa Lasowski as Maria Theresa of Spain
Stuart Bowman as Alexandre Bontemps
Dominique Blanc as Anne of Austria
Noémie Schmidt as Henrietta of England




Versailles is a British-Franco-Canadian television series set during the construction of Versailles Palace during the reign of Louis XIV.






These next two episodes I didn't feel like they improved from the previous ones; but that does not mean I didn't love them.
I just think since it felt like it was getting better and better, I just assumed these two episodes would do the same. But we all know if you "assume" - you make an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me' - get it....

Anyway, the acting is perfect, showing us their raw emotions while wearing these amazing costumes.

When the series is complete, I'll give a more detailed explanation on what I really think of every little detail of Versailles.
Until then, enjoy the little tidbits.



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Monday, 19 September 2016

What Am I Doing?

I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but for those not paying attention J - I love history. I don’t just love it; I’m obsessed over it.
I’ve always been fascinated on how people lived back then, going right back to the Ancient Egyptians.

I wanted to do something about it, I mainly wanted to share and talk to people with the same passion. So what have I done…. I started a new blog page where I talk about women in History.

Why just women you ask? Why not…. It was a common thing to have a strong man leading into battle and what not, but it was another thing for a woman to.
I want my daughter to look up to these women and know she can do whatever she wants if she puts her mind to it.

Now for the big reveal







Regina Caterina is actually an Italian play on my name, it means Queen Catherine. Okay, I’m not a Queen, but in my home I am.

I’ll try to post weekly if possible, talking about strong women in history.

Also, I should let you know I’m not a historian or claim to know what I’m talking about. Far from it.
I’ve decided to start this so as I go along learning about these incredible people, I have a place where I can document all of it and look back.


I hope you enjoy it as much as I would.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Currently Reading



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Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman.
He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill--and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission.
And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.







I was dying to read this series again, I just love Robin Hobb, she just knows how to create characters and worlds.
George R.R. Martin put it perfectly; “In today’s crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb’s books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons”.

Second time I’m reading this, and of course second time I’m falling in love. I cannot wait to get fully into this series.



















Thursday, 15 September 2016

TV Series Review ~ Versailles S1-E5+E6









George Blagden as Louis XIV
Alexander Vlahos as Philippe I, Duke of Orleans
Elisa Lasowski as Maria Theresa of Spain
Stuart Bowman as Alexandre Bontemps
Dominique Blanc as Anne of Austria
Noémie Schmidt as Henrietta of England




Versailles is a British-Franco-Canadian television series set during the construction of Versailles Palace during the reign of Louis XIV.






I'm officially obsessed with this show. I love EVERYTHING about this. Yes the "accents" isn't correct, they could've put a French accent on so it feels slightly realistic.

The costumes and the settings are breathtaking. I can't describe them in words on how everything looks and feels.

I talked about George Blagden in the last review, but now I want to talk about Alexander Vlahos who plays George Blagden's characters brother, Philippe I, Duke of Orleans. 
Outstanding. He knows how to capture the troubled character of Philippe. Troubled is a mild word for what he is actually, especially after the war.

I cannot wait for the next episodes to come out, of course episode six left on a cliff hanger....I NEED MORE!



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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Book Review ~ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff



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Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. 

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. 

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. 

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.





I bought this book not knowing anything about it. All I knew was Jay Kristoff, author of Illuminae, wrote it. And since I absolutely loved that book, I needed to read more of his work.

At first I thought this was a Young Adult novel, maybe because Illuminae is somewhat a young adult.
Let me just say this now; this is not a Young Adult novel. It’s Fantasy for adults.
If you can’t handle swear words, especially the ‘c’ word, then do not read this book.

Now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you what I thought about this book. For me, I loved it.
I was in the mood for a Fantasy book, and Jay Kristoff is a great author. He knows how to create these interesting characters.

I love Mia from the start, but I love Mister Kindly more. I think we all need a Mister Kindly in our lives.

I need book two, NOW! This is why I usually wait till the whole series is out before I read it, that way I don’t have to wait forever.



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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

TV Series Review ~ Versailles S1-E3+E4









George Blagden as Louis XIV
Alexander Vlahos as Philippe I, Duke of Orleans
Elisa Lasowski as Maria Theresa of Spain
Stuart Bowman as Alexandre Bontemps
Dominique Blanc as Anne of Austria
Noémie Schmidt as Henrietta of England




Versailles is a British-Franco-Canadian television series set during the construction of Versailles Palace during the reign of Louis XIV.






Even though I have to wait weekly for the next episode, SBS Australia is releasing them two episodes at a time. And thank the Goddess for that, because I'm constantly wanting more.

I feel like as the episodes progress, it's getting better and better. George Blagden is amazing as Louis XIV. I've seen him in Vikings and instantly fell in love with him, so it was great to see him in a lead role.

Episode 5 and 6 is out, so I'm off to watch them.
Expect a review for them this Thursday.



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